Analysis Of Madeleine Leininger's Cultural Theory

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Madeleine Leininger’s Cultural Theory as Applied to a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist Everyday the world becomes smaller and smaller. Advances in technology help us communicate with the other side of the world in less than a blink of an eye. Traveling to the other side of the country takes a fraction of the time that it once used to. The advances of medical equipment seem to be straight out of science fiction movie. Because of all these luxuries we have at our disposal, there is a tendency to believe that rest of the world is shares the same values, morals, and ethics. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The world has so many different culture and subcultures, it is simply unquantifiable. As a nurse the task of caring for …show more content…
Leininger developed many terms related to the theory. Several terms that the theory uses are: Human Care and Caring, Culture, Culture Care, Culture Care Diversity, Culture Care Universality, Worldview, Cultural and Social Structure Dimensions, Environmental Context, Ethnohistory, Emic, Etic, Health, Transcultural Nursing, Cultural Care Preservation or Maintenance, Cultural Care Accommodation or Negotiation, Cultural Care Repatterning or Restructuring and Culturally Competent Nursing Care. (Tomey & Alligood, 2006). A few important terms to know about this theory are as follows; Transcultural Nursing refers to the area of nursing that uses scientific data and knowledge of cultures to assist individuals in regaining their health or maintaining it and to deal with human conditions in culturally congruent and beneficial ways. Cultural and social structure dimensions relate to the dynamic, holistic and interrelated patters of structured features of a culture. Also bringing anthropological background and into the nursing world, an Emic refers to the local values and the Etic is the outsiders view on values. Culture care preservation/maintenance, accommodation/negotiation and repatterning/restructuring refers to the use of professional …show more content…
Factor in that this individual lived in a community where sleep was sacred and the option of regional sedation or complete medically induced unconsciousness was simply not an option. A CRNA with applying transulture care would recognize and acknowledge the patients belief by understanding that the folklore of unconscious thought is sacred and that the patient would prefer to keep their wounded leg in place of going against their own beliefs. As a patient advocate, a CRNA would work with the medical staff and ideally use a local anesthesia. By doing so, the patient is able maintain consciousness through the removal of the infected tissues, and can maintains his beliefs in keeping sleep

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